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Italy cracks down on its drugs bill

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7372.1058/c (Published 09 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1058
  1. Fabio Turone
  1. Milan

    The Italian government is cracking down on its spending on pharmaceutical drugs. Its ministry of health considers that 85 drugs are overpriced. Unless the drug companies reduce their prices for these drugs, the country's national health service will not reimburse pharmacists for the cost of them.

    As a direct consequence of the move, which involves drugs belonging to 41 therapeutic categories, public spending on drugs is expected to be reduced by 7.5%, or €447m (£285m; $446m) a year, out of a total drugs budget of €5.9bn.

    The evaluation of each product's cost effectiveness—by the ministry of health's pharmaceutical commission—was …

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